6 Best 4K 144Hz Monitors for Gaming
If the PC is your favorite gaming platform and if you want the best gaming experience a 4K monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate is the logical choice. Crisp resolution combined with an ultra-fast refresh rate is the best possible choice at the moment. Sure, you can get a huge OLED TV and wait for HDMI 2.1 graphics cards to arrive in order to achieve 4K 120Hz performance but until that happens 4K + 144Hz monitors are the way to go.
The thing is, the 4K 144Hz market isn’t exactly thriving. The best 4K 144Hz monitors cost as much as a high-end gaming configuration and budget models cost the same as an upper mid-range gaming PC. That’s the main reason why we have such as small number of 4K 144Hz models on the market. The second reason is probably the fact that even the most powerful graphics cards on the market cannot reach 144Hz in most games at 4K resolution, leaving the 4K 144Hz experience only for those who are ready to sacrifice eye candy for performance and for playing eSports titles.
But even this niche market offers great picks but also some serious duds. Not to worry because we’ve found the six best 4K 144Hz monitors for gaming you can get right now. If you want the ultimate PC gaming experience, read on.
Best 4K 144Hz Monitors – Our Picks
|Best 4K 144Hz Gaming Monitor||Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ|
|Best Alternative To Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ||Acer Predator X27|
|Best Budget 4K 144Hz Monitor||Acer Predator XB273K|
|Best Alternative To Acer Predator XB273K||Acer Nitro XV273K|
|Best BFGD 4K 144Hz Monitor||Asus ROG Swift PG65UQ|
|Best 4K 144Hz Monitor for Professionals Who Also Play Games||Acer ConceptD CP7271K|
Best 4K 144Hz Gaming Monitor
The ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ doesn’t look like much at the first sight (in fact, most 4K 144Hz monitors don’t feature slick design) but once you turn it on and start gaming, you’ll see why we put it on the 4K 144Hz throne. The native 120Hz refresh rate can be easily overclocked to 144Hz and then, you get the best gaming monitor around. Color gamut isn’t as wide in 144Hz mode but the image is still excellent so there’s no real downside to running this monitor at 144Hz.
The monitor features a crisp image with tons of details along with excellent colors. The low glow IPS panel is responsible for the wide color gamut while offering decreased IPS glow, which is one of the worst things about IPS panels. Solid contrast in combination with stunning colors, more than 1,000 nits of peak brightness, and full-array local dimming provide superb HRD experience. You’ll love the HDR in games and videos that support it. There’s also official Nvidia G-Sync support that works excellent.
While the ROG Swift PG27UQ provides superb image it’s also extremely well built. The stand is firm and supports height, swivel, and tilt adjustments as well as using the screen in the 90° portrait mode. The ROG Swift PG27UQ is the best 4K 144Hz monitor on the market at the moment but it has its shortcomings. First of all, it’s extremely expensive. Next, its design will leave no one in awe. Wide bezels and aggressive “gaming” design with lots of RGB lighting aren’t impressive. But everything else is top-notch, especially gaming performance. And that’s all that matters.
Best Alternative To Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ
The Predator X27 from Acer is another high-end 4K 144Hz monitor that ticks all the right boxes. It offers basically the same feature set as the ROG Swift PG27UQ. That includes superb colors, 144Hz refresh rate, superb HDR implementation, Nvidia G-Sync support, full-array local dimming, excellent IPS panel, and more. It’s up to you which of the two you’ll pick since both are superb gaming monitors.
The Predator X27 is a bit better with color accuracy but you can calibrate the ROG Swift PG27UQ to achieve the same level of color accuracy. Since they share the same panel after calibration both monitors have a stellar image. There’s also low IPS glow compared to regular IPS panels. The two models share positives but also negatives. In other words, the Predator X27 offers insane specs but also comes with an insane price and bland design.
Best Budget 4K 144Hz Monitor
If you don’t care about the best HDR experience, the Acer Predator XB273K is an excellent 4K 144Hz monitor. It costs half as much as the two high-end choices and the only difference between the three is the lack of full-array local dimming and thus true HDR support on the Predator XB273K. Almost everything else is superb. Out of the box, color accuracy is pretty good but after calibration, this monitor can match both high-end choices.
HDR performance is average at best since the panel can output only about 420 nits and there’s no full-array local dimming. Response time and input lag are both superb. Expected giving the IPS panel used on the model. Out of the box, the monitor comes with a 120Hz refresh rate but OC to 144Hz is simple as it gets. Once overclocked to 144Hz the monitor performs the same, with excellent colors and full G-Sync support.
But, IPS panel usually means average contrast and that’s the case with the Predator XB273K. 1000:1 contrast is okay and it shouldn’t bother anyone. On the other side backlight bleed in combination with IPS glow might annoy some users who’re mostly gaming in very dark rooms. Overall, this is an excellent choice for those looking for a quality 4K 144Hz monitor and who don’t care about having the best possible HDR experience. Bland design is present on this one too but the price is much more bearable. Not budget in the regular sense of the word but budget when compared to the Predator X27 and ROG Swift PG27UQ.
Best Alternative To Acer Predator XB273K
The Acer Nitro XV273K is another excellent 4K 144Hz gaming monitor that’s the best alternative to the Predator XB273K. The two models share most of the good stuff. That includes excellent color reproduction as well as pretty good input lag and response time. The screen is pretty bright at about 430 nits and contrast is average for an IPS monitor at about 1000:1. Unlike the Predator XB273K, the Nitro XV273K doesn’t come with full G-Sync support. You get FreeSync, which works great with Nvidia cards so the omission isn’t really important.
What’s important are issues with 144Hz mode. You can overclock the monitor to 144Hz only by running the signal via dual DisplayPort cables. 144Hz experience is less than ideal since you can’t use adaptive sync while in 144Hz mode. Also, if you own Nvidia card and want to use the HDR mode you can, but also without FreeSync and only at 60Hz. You can use HDR with adaptive sync only with an AMD graphics card. HDR performance is average, practically the same as on the Predator XB273K.
Overall, the Acer Nitro XV273K is a pretty good 4K 144Hz monitor. It drops official G-Sync support but it has FreeSync that works great with Nvidia GPUs. It also suffers from various issues when running it at 144Hz mode. It’s best using this one at 120Hz since the difference in frames is indistinguishable and overclocking is complex and cuts several features. The Predator XB273K is a better choice in the “budget” section of the 4K 144Hz monitor market. It’s a bit more expensive but works great at 144Hz.
Best BFGD 4K 144Hz Monitor
If you want to go big, you can get the Acer Predator CG437K. That’s a 43-inch monitor with VA panel that has pretty good reviews from multiple media outlets. But, user reviews paint a different picture. We wouldn’t recommend that one. You can get it but make sure to order it from a store that has a moneyback guarantee in case you don’t have luck in the panel lottery or if you end up dissatisfied with the image and performance.
But if you want to go really big, we have a nice pick for you. The Asus ROG Swift PG65UQ is a BFGD (Big Format Gaming Display) that can replace your TV and that comes with native 4K 144Hz mode. This huge, let’s call it a monitor, has a fantastic image quality with saturated colors. G-Sync support is also here and it works great. Superb HDR experience is achieved thanks to the full array local dimming. VA panel used in the display means excellent contrast values, at about 4000:1 and high brightness at about 1000 nits. VA panel also means worse viewing angles compared to IPS panels.
The display has HDMI 2.1 port meaning that next-gen consoles will be able to work at 4K and 120Hz. This also allows owners to use the Xbox One X’s variable refresh rate support, but only at 60Hz. For a 4K 144Hz experience you’ll need a capable PC and a DisplayPort connection. Once you finish the setup, everything works great. Do mind that DisplayPort doesn’t support high-def audio. If you want high-end audio experience, you’ll have to connect your setup to the PC via audio ports on the motherboard.
When it comes to downsides, first of all, this thing’s expensive as hell. Next, it’s huge and it features a cooling fan that works almost all the time. It also has a sluggish user interface. Overall, the Asus ROG Swift PG65UQ is a superb “monitor” for your living room. It has incredible image quality with HDR performance being just behind OLED TVs.
But, if you ask us, we would rather have a 65-inch LG OLED that also has variable refresh rate support. It also features HDMI 2.1 ports so if you’re ready to wait a couple of months and get next-gen AMD and Nvidia GPUs you will be able to play PC games at 4K and 120Hz. The LG OLED TV is much cheaper. You can get a 65-inch OLED and a beast of a gaming PC for the price of the ROG Swift PG65UQ.
Best 4K 144Hz Monitor for Professionals Who Also Play Games
Last but not least, we have a rather interesting 4K 144Hz monitor that’s made primarily for professionals who need perfect color accuracy. If you use your PC not only for color-sensitive work such as photo and video editing but also for gaming the Acer ConceptD CP7271K is a monitor for you. First of all, this model has superb color accuracy with incredibly wide color gamut (110% DCI-P3 112% Adobe RGB, 73.7% Rec.2020). It also features full-array local dimming along with 1000 nit panel that together make for an incredible HDR experience.
IPS panel means average, 1000:1, contrast and IPS glow but other than that, this monitor rocks. G-Sync Ultimate support claims better HDR, at least according to Nvidia. Finally, this monitor has a pretty good response time and input lag. Design is pretty good, better than with our gaming picks. The wooden stand is great and lack of RGB effects can be a positive for many users. Downsides include a lack of selectable color gamuts and a high price. Still, this model is cheaper than both the ROG Swift PG27UQ and Predator X27. If you don’t mind a faux wood stand, the ConceptD CP7271K might be a better choice than the two aforementioned models.